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Accessibility Advice for using Sport & Fitness

This web page details specific advice for users with physical, vision and hearing impairments for using both this website and the Sport & Fitness  club.

We actively encourage people of all abilities to develop their health and fitness and discover new passions. This is why our club has been specially designed to maximise opportunities for everyone with physical impairments. If you would like to come in and speak to us before using the club, we’d love to see you!

Sport & Fitness has a dedicated car park for members and users of the club. There are 18 disabled spaces available to vehicles displaying a valid blue badge. The entrance to the car park is located on Edgbaston Park Road.

The campus mobility map provides further information about accessing services and buildings around campus.

Any user declaring a disability can have a bespoke Personal Emergency Evacuation Plan designed for them in conjunction with the University of Birmingham Sport Health and Safety Officer Steve Harris on email: or tel: 0121 414 7932.

The Gym has 25 pieces of Inclusive Fitness Initiative accredited equipment to enable members with physical impairments to train effectively and comfortably. The gym staff also have the experience and expertise to advise members of all abilities how to maximise your workout and achieve new goals.

The gym is located on the first floor and can be accessed via a lift.

The pool has a manual hoist to assist people who experience difficulty getting into or out of the pool. There is also a set of movable steps and a lift that enable wheelchair-bound and partially mobile users to easily access the pool.

The Alta Disabled Swim Club is a friendly club based around recreational swimming and socialising with use of the pool on Sundays between 1pm-2.00pm.

If you would like to become a member of the Alta Disabled Swim Club, contact our Sales team on

We do not allow the use of mobile phones, recording devices, tablets or laptops poolside.

The Sports Arena, Sports Hall and Studio 1 are all located on the ground floor. Studio 2 is located on the second floor but can be accessed via the lift.

The Sports Arena and Hall can accommodate wheelchair-based sports.

Any group bookings with disabled participants will require a Group Emergency Evacuation Plan prior to confirming the booking to ensure those users are aware of any agreed adjustments to the established evacuation procedures.

Along with an activity Risk Assessment, Sport & Fitness will work with the hiring group to ensure an enjoyable visit.

Contact Steve Harris: 0121 414 7932 /

Sport & Fitness has three spectator areas which will be used when we host national and international events. There are accessible seating locations, however, these may vary depending on the event set-up. Visit the events page for more information.

Accessibility Statement for UoB Sport & Fitness Website

This accessibility statement covers We aim to achieve the recommended government standard for web accessibility (WCAG 2.1 AA).

This website is run by University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. As a user with accessible needs, you should be able to:

  • Change colours, contrast levels and fonts
  • Zoom in up to 300% without the text spilling off the screen
  • Navigate most of the website using just a keyboard
  • Navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • Listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)

We also aim to make the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.


How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • the colour contrast on some page elements is insufficient to be easily discernible for all users
  • you cannot modify the line height or spacing of text
  • most older PDF documents are not fully accessible to screen reader software
  • embedded YouTube videos aren’t fully accessible to screen reader software
  • our videos and live video streams do not have captions
  • alternative text is not always applied consistently throughout the site

Feedback and contact information

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille: 

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 10 days.

If you cannot view the map on our ‘contact us’ page, email us on for directions.


Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact:


Enforcement procedure

If you are unhappy with the response you have received from the University about your accessibility-related issue, you can make a complaint to the University by emailing

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).


Technical information about this website’s accessibility

University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.


Non accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons:

  1. Some images don’t have a suitable text alternative, so the information in them isn’t available to people using a screen reader.
    This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 ‘A’ success criterion 1.1.1 (non-text content).
    We plan to add text alternatives for all images by September 2020. When we publish new content, we’ll make sure our use of images meets accessibility standards.
  2. Some pages use multiple H1 tags or skip heading levels within the page structure.
    This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 ‘AA’ success criterion 2.4.6 (headings and labels).
    We plan to resolve all these issues by September 2020 and will ensure all new published content follows a consistent page content structure.
  3. Keyboard navigation, including the ability to tab easily through content on some web pages is not logical and intuitive. We are currently auditing our website and will address these pages as we find them.
    This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 ‘A’ success criterion 2.1.1 (keyboard access).
    We will address and resolve this issue by September 2020.
  4. Colour palette: Colour contrast is insufficient on some elements across the site and colour use on some elements (e.g. links) were inconsistent.
    This doesn’t meet WCAG 2.1 ‘AA’ success criterion 1.4.3 (contrast (minimum)).
    We will address and resolve this issue by September 2020.
  5. Some of our PDFs and Word documents published since September 2018 and older documents that are essential to providing our services, are not meeting the required accessibility standards.
    By September 2020, we plan to either fix these or replace them with accessible HTML pages.

The site also contains a range of third party content and functionality. This may direct you to a related service, or partner we work with, where we are not responsible for the accessibility of this content.


Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Live video

We do not plan to add captions to live video streams because live video is exempt from meeting the accessibility regulations.


Preparation of this accessibility statement

This statement was prepared on 22 September 2019. It was last reviewed on 6 August 2020.

This website was last tested on 5 August 2020. The test was carried out by our trusted agencies and University staff using a selection of automated tools, as well as manual checks.

We used this approach to deciding on a sample of pages to test [add link to explanation of how you decided which pages to test].

We tested the following pages as they contain the main features across the site and cover the different page templates used.



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